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Storybox Playlist: Stories for Exploring Local Parks

Neighborhood parks, picnic areas, lakes, rivers and green spaces are a central part of every town. These stories all celebrate the civic gift of local parks and all the magical opportunities they give to the people who live there!

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Paddling to Treasure Island (from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! Series)

When Daddy suggests they paddle to "Luck Island" which was recently made into a public park, brother and sister are at once excited and filled with questions: "does anyone live there?" "what is on the island?" "will there be pirate treasure?" They find out that the island does indeed have treasure, but not at all what they were expecting...

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Harriet Hawk and the Big News (from the Junkyard Tales Series)

Harriet Hawk returns one afternoon with news! It's news that Ben Thompson is at once excited and nervous about: she has found the home in which he was born! His friends all think he should go out and find the house, and so they make him a map. Ben's hesitation dissolves when his friend Sergeant, the steadfast watchdog, volunteers to go along.

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Family Tree of Stories Part 5: Poppi's Story (from the Martin & Sylvia Family Tree of Stories Collection)

Poppi’s story is about his first cubscout overnight camping, and how the troup needed to move their tents in the middle of the night. Poppi and his other tent mates were also faced with an additional challenge – helping a boy who is too frightened to get out of his sleeping bag. This is a story about "the law of the pack" or taking care of your group.

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The Dog Park (from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! Series)

Once a week Martin and Sylvia's family takes care of the neighbor's active dog Rufus - and one morning Daddy suggests they take him to the new dog park in town. When Martin hears Daddy's description of the dog park, he suggests they take their old dog Billbill as well. Sylvia is nervous about this at first - but she soon sees her old dog find new friends!

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Curiosity and the Cat (from the Junkyard Tales Series)

A series of odd coincidences leads Ben Thompson, curious cat, to the suspicion that his best friend Sergeant, the steadfast watchdog, will be returning back to his puppyhood farm and leaving the Junkyard. Ben then concocts a far-fetched plan to keep his friend here — not realizing that he has made the entire scenario up!

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About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.